About Australia


Australia welcomes millions of overseas visitors each year. Anyone who is not an Australian citizen needs a valid visa to enter and spend time here.

There are different visas for family and skilled migrants, tourists, business people, sports people, students and others. Many visas can be applied for online, and the Electronic Travel Authority can be applied for through travel agents and airlines.

Australia is a stable, democratic and culturally diverse nation with a highly skilled workforce and one of the strongest performing economies in the world. With spectacular landscapes and a rich ancient culture, Australia is a land like no other. It is the earth's sixth-largest country in land area and is the only nation to govern an entire continent.

Australia is a country of striking landscapes, a rich ancient culture and one of the world's strongest economies. It is the sixth-largest country in land area and is the only nation to govern an entire continent.

With a spectacular natural environment, high quality of life and great diversity, Australia is a sought after destination for international tourists. It has 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity and a great number of its native plants and animals exist nowhere else on earth. From tropical rainforests in the north to the red deserts of the centre, from the snowfields of the south-east to the Australian Antarctic Territory, it is a vast and varied land. Australia has many World Heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Sydney Opera House.

Australia is a nation of boundless opportunity in a country of endless potential—a nation that is 'open for business'. Australia's foreign and trade policy promotes its security and long-term prosperity. It seeks to protect and advance its national interests in a rapidly changing environment, while supporting a stable global order. Australia has been integrally involved in global efforts to build peace and security for decades, just as it has in promoting global trade and investment liberalisation. Australia is a good international citizen, helping in times of crisis and supporting economic development in its region.

Business

Australia's strong economic performance, combined with its proximity to and experience in working with Asian nations, makes Australia an excellent place to do business. Its economic resilience and strong growth rate create opportunities for business in a safe, low-risk environment.

From the resources sector to high-end agribusiness, higher education, the services sector and medical research, Australian businesses are keen to collaborate with partners at home and overseas.

Australia has one of the most educated, multicultural and multilingual workforces in the world.

Its research institutions are world class and there are generous tax incentives for research and development.

Investment

Foreign investment is crucial to Australia's economy. It improves competition and productivity, encourages innovation and gives Australia opportunities to diversify and expand its economy, create more jobs and contribute more broadly to regional and global markets.

Australia's highly skilled workforce, robust economy, trusted legal system and stable society make the country an attractive location for foreign investors. The stock of foreign investment in Australia was A$2.5 trillion at the end of 2013.

A large number of foreign companies are registered in Australia and many have developed close links with local firms. This has generated cooperation on research and development and resulted in Australian companies becoming integral parts of regional and global supply chains.

One of the world's largest biotech companies, AMGEN from California, invests about A$35 million in local research and development in Australia annually and has been conducting clinical trials in Australia for over 20 years. The company markets eight products in Australia for the treatment of cancer, kidney disease, bone disease and other serious illnesses and employs nearly 150 people in five cities around the country.

Five reasons to invest in Australia

1 - 23 years of uninterrupted growth
     Australia's strong, diverse and growing economy adds up to more opportunities.

2 - World-class innovation
     Australia's quality research institutions and commitment to innovation make it a proven destination for bringing new ideas to life.

3 - World's fastest growing region
     With strong trade links, strategic location and a highly educated, multilingual workforce, Australia is uniquely positioned as a location to do
     business in the Indo-Pacific.

4 - Easy to run a business
     A well-regulated and transparent commercial environment makes it easy to establish and operate a business in Australia.

5 - Highly skilled workforce
     Australia's multilingual workforce is among the most educated in the world.

No wonder many people want to visit and stay permanently in Australia !

 
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